Publications

The sustainability of Smartphones: Fairphone

by Vittorio Esposito Introduction Smartphones, since the advent of the first iPhone back in 2007, quickly became more and more important in our everyday life, establishing themselves as being the largest electronic market in  the past two decades, with 1.4 billion smartphones sold yearly worldwide, with an average lifespan of 2.7 years (Bento, 2016, Paiano…

Digital Inclusion and Health Inequalities

In this episode we are joined by Leah (Founder of The Peer Medical Foundation). We discuss the relationship between digital inclusion and health inequalities. The Peer Medical Foundation is a volunteer youth-led international not-for-profit committed to improving health equity, inclusivity, diversity and racial justice in medicine. We support marginalized patient populations (Migrants, 2SLGBTQIA+, BIPOC & more) and hope…

Ed Bridges v South Wales Police: Facial Recognition and The Right to Privacy

By Agnes Leung Facial recognition has emerged as one of the most frequently utilized artificial intelligence technologies in law enforcement to achieve national security, public safety and prevention of crime. Facial recognition involves ‘automated extraction, digitisation and comparison of the spatial and geometric distribution of facial features’, which is a kind of biometric data, and…

The human rights challenges raised by the killing of George Floyd

By Agnes Leung On 25 May 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year old black African-American man was arrested after being accused of counterfeiting US 20-dollar-note in Minnesota, the United States. While in police custody, a white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a period of 8 minutes 46 seconds. Despite Floyd’s desperate call…

Predictive Policing: Is It Biased?

By Freya Graham It’s an action movie trope that everyone’s familiar with — a brazen police officer orundercover spy is entrusted with a host of gadgets and gizmos to help them fight crime.Often, it borders on the ridiculous — anyone remember the exploding chewing gum inMission: Impossible? Sophisticated police technology is no longer the remit…

Predictive Policing & The Right to Non-Discrimination

By Samuel Hoar Predictive Policing  Derek Chauvin’s murder of George Floyd on 25 May 2020 sparked a wave of global protests against  police racial discrimination and broader racial inequalities. In this light, concerns about the practice  of predictive policing have gathered momentum and received greater public attention. This piece  evaluates the supposed benefits of predictive…

The Digital Divide: Lessons Learnt from the Covid-19 Pandemic

by Freya Graham It’s been over a year since the Covid-19 pandemic changed the way we use technology. The pandemic accelerated digitisation – all of sudden, the internet became the only way to access wider society. Healthcare and education were forced to operate remotely. As the UK expands its digital infrastructure, what lessons can we…

The importance of digital inclusion in healthcare & education

by Ole Ho Christiansen The right to health is a basic human right that is recognized by almost all global and regional human rights instruments (Majid, 2020). It covers physical, mental and social well-being. It requires that access to health care is non-discriminatory and accessible (Majid, 2020). Therefore, it is concerning to see the current…

Digital Ageism and Health Equality

by Freya Graham In March, Health Secretary Matt Hancock made a confession: ‘I’m a tech geek’. In the same speech, given at the Digital Health Rewired Festival, Hancock laid out his plans for a tech-driven future for the NHS. Praising ‘the power of technology’, he said that “digital technologies are not a bolt-on, or a…

Understanding ‘digital inclusion’

by Ole Ho Christiansen After a year in lockdown most of us are used to living most of our life online. Classes are taught remotely and work is done through Zoom. It can be hard to imagine what life would be like without it. But some people do not have easy access to the internet.…

Disinformation in the Digital Age

In this episode, we are joined by Isabella Garcia. We discuss the human rights/global health issues raised by disinformation in the digital age, including covid, vaccinations, the right to vote, and the role of governments and tech companies.

Black Lives Matter: Freedom of Speech vs Hate Speech

In this podcast we are joined by a special guest Ruth Strachan. We discuss the black lives matter movement, the importance of active allieship and, the impact of freedom of speech and hate speech on the black lives matter movement (Click here to listen)

Black Lives Matter

We discuss the Black Lives Matter Movement, what it means to us and give our views racism, inequality and the need for change. (Click here to listen)

‘The Complexities of the Covid-19 ‘Infodemic’’

by Isabella Garcia Introduction The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described the huge influx of Covid-19 related information as an ‘infodemic’: “an overabundance of information, both online and offline. It includes deliberate attempts to disseminate wrong information to undermine the public health response and advance alternative agendas of groups or individuals. Mis- and disinformation can…

‘The obligation of Twitter to limit the right to freedom of expression’

by Ole Christiansen During the 2020 election, Twitter was often in the news. After weeks of posting tweets that were factually wrong and thoroughly debunked theories, Donald Trump was banned from the platform. The official statement from Twitter reads: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them —…

‘The Impact of Covid-19 on Gender Equality: An Intersectional Approach’

by Isabella Garcia Introduction The outbreak of Covid-19 and the harsh measures introduced to mitigate the spread of the virus by national governments across the globe have exposed and entrenched various inequalities. A key matter of concern is the impact of the crisis on gender equality and women’s economic autonomy due to the loss of…

‘Why the Covid-19 Vaccine is a Matter of Global Health Equity’

by Isabella Garcia Introduction The Limits of ‘Vaccine Nationalism’  Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the early part of 2020, medical experts, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, international institutions, and governments around the world have mobilised their resources and expertise towards developing a successful vaccine. In the past couple of months these efforts have begun to materialise,…

‘How tools on the internet have been used to protect human rights defenders’

by Ole Christiansen Introduction The tech industry is often showcased as a human rights issue. Big tech companies have been accused of knowingly benefitting from human rights abuses in, for example, the Democratic Republic of Congo (Skelton, 2020). There are however times where the opportunities that tech provides, have been used to protect human rights…

Mental Health in Africa

What is Mental Health? The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ with good mental health being defined as ‘state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal…

Black Lives Matter – What can you do?

Black lives matter A number of #blacklivesmatter protests have taken place recently all over the world following the death of George Flyod in the United States. Although the #blacklivesmatter movement began in 2013, racism has continued to exist in society in various ways. Racism is a core human rights issue and, as this uprising gains…

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